Saturday, December 11, 2010

Central Concrete, Springdale, Units 4, 5, & 6

And a lowboy trailer. I kitbashed this trailer from a Maisto car hauler trailers' top deck. The wheels and tires from the Like-Like cement mixer that used in making one of the Joplin units. They were to small for use on a truck, but worked great for this trailer. I have not found a use for anything else from this toy, but I picked up for $2.00. I started by cutting the deck in to flat pieces, essentially making a flat kit. I then reassembled it somewhat backwards and upside down. I added a few pieces of styrene, and there you have it.Here is the finished trailer, with a Mercedes truck as a load. I haven't gotten around to a deciding on a tractor to pull it yet, and with winter coming on, I won't be able to paint for a while.

I used a Sylvan '48-53 cab and connected it to a Boley mixer, a relatively easy kitbash. The front wheels are from the Sylvan kit, as it the figure in the cab.

I again used a Boley mixer and rear section along with the cab steps. The cab is from a Miasto diecast metal military truck. I feel it worked out well. I used the Boley tires and wheels as the Miasto wheels and tires were not acceptable. The decal lettering is different for each Central Concrete location, as they list the city and the phone number for that location. By doing some quick internet research, I was able to find out what exchanges were used in 1949, and in some cases, even what part of town used which exchange.
You may have been wondering why Central Concrete needed a lowboy trailer. Well number 6 here, would be the answer. This is a Trident German half-track prototype cab and tracks with a Mini-Lindy mixer. Although I have not been able to find a picture, I have heard of units similar to this that were built right after the war from army surplus units. Made from a German half-track and in Arkansas, well a little hard to believe. I did enjoy building it and I think it looks cool.

On the last 50 degree day, I painted several models, so the next installment will be back to freight cars and maybe even some motive power.

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